NCAA basketball players typically jump to the NBA as soon as they have one great season, but there’s a silver lining for fans. The departure of one star provides an opportunity for another great young talent to step in and show what he can do. That's particularly a bonus when it comes to offenses that never have quite enough shots to go around.
Arizona, for example, saw both Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon depart early for the pros, but their absence will be a great opportunity for power forward Brandon Ashley. The soft-shooting big man is back from the broken foot that ended his 2013-14 season and ready to light up Pac-12 scoreboards as a junior.
Read on for more on Ashley and 14 more budding stars who are set to become the focal points of top college offenses in 2014-15.